Return of the ducklings!

As I’ve mentioned before, we live next to a large park where waterfowl of all kind like to hang out. Being a quiet, closed community with lots of water features, our feathered neighbors decide to take family vacations here pretty often. Last week, this mother duck and her brood of 12 showed up splashing about in the little creek that runs by our patio. We were watching them through the window from only a few feet away, and I actually went out to feed her some bread after taking these videos. Socute.

I am duck paparazzi.

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There’s this pair of ducks that nests every year in the little planted oasis with the waterfall next to our apartment complex’s main pool. They like taking leisurely strolls around the greens and sometimes hang out in the other areas as well. We’ve seen them every spring over the past few years and this year was no exception. A few weekends ago, Mr. and Mrs. Duck were taking an early morning constitutional around the parking lot. I saw them and wondered outloud if they had nested yet. I got my answer yesterday morning.

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They had 7 ducklings this year! The lovely mother paraded them by my front door right as I was headed out with a couple bags of trash for the bin. I grabbed my camera and tagged after them for a while, since she’s never been very afraid of people and usually lets me get right up close to her. I figured I’d try to get a shot of those adorable fuzzy babies.

Two more ducky pictures and 2 streaming videos behind the cut *g* It’s hilarious when she stops, looks at the camera, quacks a few times, then just keeps plowing along. After taking some time to meet the press, mother duck resumed her walk through the complex, across the parking lot, and through the fence that led to the regional park next door. I’m sure the babies are spending their first full day on the pond as we speak 🙂

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Memorable License Plates.

I understand the appeal of personalized license plates, I really do. I’d just never want one myself. The point is to make your car more recognizable, right? Which could be really inconvenient if you were trying to, say, escape the scene of a crime. Not that I do lots of things that would require a quick getaway, mind you, but I like to keep my options open. Heck, I’m still trying to convince the mechanic that installing a mounted rocket cannon, ejection seats, and an engine scuba attachment on my CR-V are all feasible everyday requests. This is NOT, I …

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It’s a California thing.

This sign is posted at Newport Beach pier, and we giggle at it every time we visit. Not only because the giant wave is obviously going to catch poor Stick Figure Man before he can climb up the extremely steep hill, but because it is a completely useless reference for the area. What I should have done is take a picture of the attached beach, parking lot, streets, and city stretching for miles inland from that point — which are all as flat and sea level as you please. It would take a LOT more running inland than most flip-flop …

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Sigh.

Dear Unnamed Mortgage Banking Company, If you want 3 to 4 years of experience in loans from your paper pushers, you should really mention it in your ad before you start accepting applications, book applicants, and have them drive out to meet you at the height of traffic. Just a thought. Ugh, A.

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Sneaky Sock Thieves!

Tommi’s grandmother makes these wonderful hand-knitted wool socks for us every time we go visit her in Finland. They are really soft and warm and made in pretty colors and patterns. Exactly the sort of thing you’d imagine a rosy-cheeked Nordic grandmother sitting at home making on a winter’s night. I think we had collected five or six pairs between us. So this past Sunday, we had our first cleaning binge of the month and I did 11 loads of laundry while T tackled the bathroom and vacuuming. The laundry room is right next to us, but I have to …

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Belated Blizzcon Banter.

Not much to say, actually — we went to Blizzcon and we boggled over a bunch of stuff. The insane number of people. The really long lines. The really expensive food. The disappointingly small percentage of costumed folk. The disproportionately large percentage of male folk. The fact that the the girls in metal bikinis weren’t freezing their asses off, despite the arctic conditions needed to maintain several large banks of gaming computers. Sure, I could say we went for the panels, but if I were telling the truth, I went mostly for the goodie bag and the costumes. And to …

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